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David Lang, MD

216.445.5810

David Lang, MD
Department: Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Department Chair
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A90
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.445.5810
WorkFax:216.445.5813
Surgeon:
No
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

David M. Lang, MD, is  Professor of Medicine and Chair, Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Co-Director, Asthma Center, Director, Allergy/Immunology Fellowship, Respiratory Institute. He is board-certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Previously, he was Section Chief of Allergy/Immunology in the Department of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa., Division Chief of Allergy/Immunology and Co-Director of the Allergy and Asthma Center at Hahnemann University.  Dr. Lang also teaches evidence based medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

Dr. Lang has carried out a number of research projects. He has directed studies of the epidemiology of urban asthma, anaphylaxis and urticaria/angioedema. 

The asthma studies carried out revealed that in Philadelphia, showed an alarming rise in annual rates of asthma mortality that had occurred--disproportionately affected African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and residents of poverty areas--and highlighted a dramatic underuse of inhaled steroid medications. He is continuing studies of asthma epidemiology in Ohio.

He was principle investigator of a project investigating risk factors for anaphylactoid reaction to contrast media. This study showed that asthma, cardiovascular disease and beta blocker use were statistically significant risk factors for moderate-to-severe anaphylactoid reaction from intravenous contrast infusion. Females were also found to be at significantly elevated risk for anaphylactoid and severe anaphylactoid reaction from contrast material.  

Dr. Lang has been active in national and regional medical organizations, and he has published numerous articles, chapters, and abstracts. Dr. Lang’s professional affiliations include fellowships in the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; and the American College of Physicians.  He has also served as president of the Pennsylvania Allergy and Asthma Association.

He is a member of the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology’s Practice Parameters Task Force, and he contributes as a Sentinel Reader for the online journal Evidence-Based Medicine. He  currently serves on the Board of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Health Care, Education, Delivery, and Quality Interest Section. 

He was selected as a “Top Doc” in Allergy/Immunology by Cleveland Magazine in 2006, 2007, and 2008, and as one of the Best Doctors in America for 2005-2006 and 2007-2008.   He is currently Associate Editor of The Journal of Asthma and serves on the editorial board of Allergy and Asthgma Proceedings.  He has served as Associate Editor of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, was the recipient of the Pharmacia Allergy Research Foundation Award at the International College of Allergology and Clinical Immunology in Stockholm in 1994, received the Hahnemann University Hospital Leadership Award in 1996 and the Pennsylvania Allergy and Asthma Association Leadership Award, June, 2002.

Dr. Lang received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.  Dr. Lang also served an additional year as chief medical resident prior to pursuing subspecialty training in allergy and clinical immunology at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, Calif.

Dr. Lang's medical career has been supported by his wife, Majory, his two children, Madelyn and Jonathan.  He appreciates the support he receives from family, friends and colleagues and is grateful for opportunitites to contribute to the field of allergy/immunology.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation
Allergy & Immunology
La Jolla, CA
1987
Residency - Henry Ford Hospital
Internal Medicine
Detroit, MI USA
1984
Internship - Henry Ford Hospital
Flexible
Detroit, MI USA
1981
Medical School - University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI USA
1980
Undergraduate - University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI USA
1976
Undergraduate - Oakland University
Rochester, MI USA
1974

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine- Allergy & Immunology
  • Internal Medicine

Specialty Interests

allergic disorders, anaphylaxis, aspirin sensitivity, asthma, urticaria, drug allergy

Awards & Honors

Best Doctors 2006-Present

Memberships

  • AAAAI
  • ACAAI
  • JCAAI
  • CAS
  • AMA

Treatment & Services

  • Allergy Immunotherapy
  • Allergy Skin Tests
  • Allergy Tests
  • Anaphylaxis Syndromes
  • Aspirin Challenge
  • Aspirin Challenge and Desensitization
  • Aspirin Desensitization
  • Blood Test (rast) For Allergies
  • Diagnosing Asthma
  • Diagnostic Skin Testing For Food, Inhalant, And Drug Allergy
  • Drug Allergy Desensitization Therapy
  • Drug Challenge and Desensitization
  • Exhaled Breath Analysis
  • Food Challenge Test
  • Immunodeficiency Evaluation
  • Intravenous Immunoglobulin Therapy
  • Poorly Controlled Asthma
  • Pulmonary Function Testing

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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As of 6/13/2014, Dr. Lang has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Lang receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Genentech, Inc

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Languages Spoken

  • English